School Start Times

In November 2018, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach approved a resolution for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) to develop a new school start time schedule that would have adolescent students starting school later beginning in September of 2020.

With this direction from the Board, VBCPS administration engaged the community in conversations regarding possible scheduling scenarios.

Community meetings were offered to provide information about the medical research behind the change in schedule as well as the development process of the options. Attendees were given a brief presentation and were given the opportunity to weigh in directly on the school start times options. 
In May 2019, Virginia Beach parents, students, community members and staff were given the opportunity to weigh in on four options to changes on the school start times schedule. See the results of the survey here

After reviewing previous survey results and transportation needs, including multiple scheduling implications, VBCPS administrators recommend introducing a four-tier elementary-middle-high model. This proposed start time would allow high schoolers to start later, prevent most elementary students from waiting for buses before 7 a.m. and wouldn’t require a major addition of buses and drivers.

For questions about the four potential options, please contact 
Daniel Keever.